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South Korean prez calls for Japan to look squarely at history, be humble

South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for Japan to look squarely at history and show a humble attitude over its wartime past for the 2 countries to overcome historical feuds, move for cooperation

South Korea | Japan | Moon Jae-in

IANS  |  Seoul 

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South Korean President on Tuesday called for to look squarely at history and show a humble attitude over its wartime past in order for the two countries to overcome historical feuds and move forward for cooperation.

In a speech marking Korea's 1919 nationwide uprising against Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule, Moon said remains open to dialogue with to work together on various regional and global issues, such as Covid-19 and supply chains, Yonhap news agency reported.

and "should be able to overcome the 'history of a once unfortunate past' and cooperate toward the future," Moon said, describing the two nations as "close neighbours".

"To that end, Japan must look squarely at history and be humble before history."


Moon said Japan can become a "trusted nation" only if it "can sympathise with the wounds of the people of its neighbouring country".


Diplomatic tensions between Seoul and Tokyo have run deep since 2019, when Japan imposed a set of export restrictions against in a move seen as economic retaliation for South Korean court rulings against Japanese firms involved in forced labour during Japan's colonial rule.



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First Published: Tue, March 01 2022. 09:46 IST